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Featured Wedding: Hannah & Luke

September 17th, 2016

Cabin by the Spring

On the morning of September 17th, Hannah and Luke were faced with a forecast of rain for their wedding day. However, this beautiful couple did not let a little sprinkle get in the way of their perfect day. The bride and groom embraced the day with the biggest smiles and their love for each other shined bright enough to clear away the clouds just in time for their ceremony. 

Hannah’s dress was absolutely stunning. All of the subtle details added to the intricate beauty of it. She looked radiant. For her bridesmaid’s dresses, Hannah chose an elegant navy dress with silver beading on the top to add a bit of sparkle.

Hannah and Luke chose to do their first look on the front lawn of the Hermitage Mansion. Luke’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time was straight out of a fairy tale. He spun her like a princess to get the full view of her gorgeous gown. Honestly, it was hard to pick just four photos to showcase these two. All of their shots were beautiful!

Their bridal party was also such a joy to work with! This group had so much fun and you could tell. Luke’s groomsmen in grey suits with blue accents really brought out the color scheme Hannah was going for. The bridesmaid’s bouquets of sunflowers truly brightened the day in the best way.

The couple’s ceremony and reception happened at The Cabin by the Spring. Their outdoor ceremony was able to happen thanks to a nice break in the clouds! The reception was elegantly simple and really captured the couple’s style. The burlap, lace, wood, and sunflower centerpieces created a homey feel that was inviting for all of their guests. I loved their dessert table as it was so personal to the groom! His family has a tradition of having “pie time” every morning and so he thought it was fitting to include “pie time” into the wedding. Family members brought in a variety of pies to be served! It was so unique and personal!

This couple exuded love and had a blast throughout their wedding day. Thank you for letting us be a part of your big day! Best wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. McKee! 

"Growing up near the Hermitage, I never imagined it would be the place where I would marry the man of my dreams. After our visit and tour of the grounds, Luke and I knew it was the perfect fit for us. The Hermitage had the history, beautiful scenery, and rustic charm we were looking for. The grounds, the garden, and the mansion provided a beautiful backdrop for our wedding and made for some great pictures. We had our ceremony under one of the large majestic trees located near the Cabin by the Spring, and the reception was cozy and intimate inside the Cabin. I cannot thank the Hermitage staff enough for helping to make our day so memorable and stress-free. Lastly, I love that the Hermitage will be a place for us to visit for many years to come and reminisce about our special day" - Hannah McKee, the bride

Venue: Cabin by the Springs

Photographer: Zach & Sarah Photography

Featured Wedding: Katie & Jace

Katie and Jace celebrated their fall wedding at the Cabin by the Spring. It was the perfect setting for their rustic, country style. Katie looked absolutely stunning in her strapless lace wedding dress and Jace’s dark jeans and chambray shirt complimented her perfectly. The bridesmaids mismatched golden yellow dresses and burgundy shoes added just the right amount of colorful pop to tie everything together. Together with the groomsmen matching Jace, this group looked great! I can’t forgot to mention the ring bearers in their vests and Chuck Taylors. They were absolutely adorable!

For their ceremony and reception, Katie and Jace kept their decorations clean and simple. Her bouquet was beautiful and full of white hydrangeas and greenery. They chose to stick with the natural tones and pops of glitter. The glittery aspects alongside the rustic decor truly captured the essence of this couple and was so fun!

My favorite thing about this couple was how obvious it was how in love they were. Just look at these pictures! So happy to be a part of their big day. Congratulations Katie & Jace!

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"My wedding day was more beautiful than I could imagine. The event staff transformed the space into exactly how I imagined, and the some! As a flower child, the Cabin by the Spring was a perfect space to blend my free spirit, boho style with my husband's love for the outdoors. The Hermitage staff were so kind and helpful, making me feel like a queen all day. I thank them for creating a flawless day. My husband and I had a tremendous time and will look back on our wedding day as the best day of both our lives" -Katie, the bride

VENDOR INFORMATION:

Photography: Kristen Speer Photography

Planning/Venue: The Hermitage- Cabin by the Spring

Catering: Edly's BBQ

Cake: The Painted Cupcake

 

 

The Toilet: Your Wedding's Unspoken Hero

Photo by Felix Andre Skulstad

Photo by Felix Andre Skulstad

I won’t lie, I love a nice bathroom. Bathrooms are like life’s little rest stops; they afford small breaks for you to relax and collect yourself. If you’re female, they allow for some fantastic bonding moments as we can never seem to go to them alone. So today, I’d like us all to take some time to think and appreciate the wiz palaces at our weddings.

First, as a bride, you should definitely give some thought to the restrooms at your wedding venue. This is the place where you and your closest bridesmaids will be undertaking the herculean task of holding up your dress while you try to relieve yourself while not being able to see the commode. So… make sure there’s more than one restroom because you never know how long that will take. Then make sure that there’s at least one stall that can hold four of you standing at once. Don’t you already feel more grateful for that commonplace piece of porcelain?

Second, think about all the ways (beyond the obvious) that bathrooms will help your guests. When your Cousin Sarah’s new baby is wailing for a diaper change, the bathrooms come to the rescue. When Uncle Pat gets chocolate icing all over himself, the bathrooms come to the rescue. When one of your bridesmaids needs to have a very intense, very private conversation with her friend about the fact that she’s still single, the bathrooms come to the rescue. Your guests will appreciate that you’ve made the restrooms as comfortable as possible for their moments of crisis.

This leads us to the fact that restrooms are a popular place at weddings. Everyone will visit them at some point that day. Because of that, I think it’s fun to include them in your decorating plan as well. Add a flower arrangement, a basket of supplies (hairspray, deodorant, etc), or even some cute bathtub baby photos of you and your groom on the countertops of your venue’s restrooms. Since everyone will end up washing their hands (we hope), the bathroom countertop is a great place to decorate!

Going to the bathroom isn’t something most folks think about when planning or attending a wedding, but it’s one of the most vital aspects of them. So let’s stop forgetting about that important little antechamber and start celebrating it. Hooray for the humble toilet!